Lionel Messi Nets Two Goals in Argentina Friendly vs. Nicaragua

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Lionel Messi Nets Two Goals in Argentina Friendly vs. Nicaragua

Messi's second goal of the game came with a little less wizardry, punching in an easy putback rebound following a save by the Nicaraguan goalie.

Lionel Messi scored a brace in the first half as Argentina beat Nicaragua 5-1 in a warm-up match in San Juan before Copa America 2019, to be held in Brazil. The Central Americans, who will participate in this month's Gold Cup tournament, initially frustrated the hosts with the score still goalless as it approached half-time.

Messi has already lost three World Cup finals before this and the last time Argentina won this competition, Messi was just six years old.

Aguero looked risky in the opening stages and Messi really should have done better on 12 minutes when he uncharacteristically shot wide from close range.

River Plate's Matias Suarez had a shot pushed onto the post by visiting keeper Justo Lorente on 26 minutes but the two time World Champions were being made to work hard for openings. Messi doubles his side lead a minutes later after Sergio Agüero's shot is deflected to the Barcelona man, and makes a simple finish with two goals in a span of minutes before the Argentina skipper he was replace by Juventus forward Paulo Dybala eight minutes later. Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan scored a brace as well while Watford's Roberto Pereyra scored the fifth goal and Juan Barrera of Nicaragua got one back from the spot in the dying moments of the match.

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